Business Team

Our Client Relations and Business Development teams play the crucial role of maintaining strong, transparent relationships with clients and investors every day, ensuring constant support and up to date information from local offices and worldwide.

Alex Lasagna

Deputy CEO

Alex is the Deputy CEO of Algebris Investments, where he is in charge of the Business Development strategy and the middle-back office functions at global level.

He built his career in asset and wealth management, first at Merrill Lynch Investment Managers and later at Schroders. Before joining Algebris, together with other partners, he launched an independent asset management company in Italy, IN Alternative.

Alex is Anglo-Italian and grew up between Italy and the UK. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Monetary Economics from the London School of Economics and a master’s degree in international relations & International Economics from Johns Hopkins’ School of Advanced International Studies in Washington D.C. After his return to Italy, he also obtained a degree in Political Science from La Sapienza University in Rome.

Business Development

Amedeo Sambuy

Business Development, Italy

Amedeo joined Algebris in 2022 to develop the company presence in the Italian asset management market. His key responsibility is the development of the Italian institutional business through the sale of the company range of products.

Prior to joining Algebris, Amedeo spent 12 years with Columbia Threadneedle as Head of Wholesale and Institutional and also had a long experience with American Express and Standard Chartered in the financial products distribution area.

Previous experience includes the role of currency markets analyst for a financial consulting company.

He achieved a degree in Political Sciences with an emphasis on Monetary Policies from the University of Florence.

Christian Chuang

Business Development, Singapore

Christian joined Algebris in 2023 with a mission to grow and strengthen our client presence in Asia ex-Japan.

He brings with him 14 years of rich industry experience, having most recently worked at HSBC Asset Management where he covered retail and private banks, insurance companies, and platforms.
Christian is a graduate of the National University of Singapore, holding a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.

He is dedicated to creating cherished memories with his family and is an avid outdoorsman, having left his mark by reaching Everest Base Camp in 2014.

Douglas Branson

Head of Business Development

Douglas joined Algebris in July 2020 as Head of Business Development. He is based in our London office.

Before Algebris, Douglas was Head of UK Distribution & a board director at GAM Investments, an independent global asset manager. He was at GAM for 16 years covering UK-based private banks, wealth managers and investment managers. In recent years, his role expanded globally to include coverage of other regions. Prior to GAM, he was a private client portfolio manager at Merrill Lynch Investment Managers, where he worked for five years.

Douglas has a degree in European Philosophy and Literature from Anglia University, and holds the IMC and IAQ qualifications. He lives just outside London with his wife and their four children. Outside of work, Doug enjoys playing various sports, music, motorbiking and mountain biking. Doug is a Liveryman of the Haberdashers’ Company which is focused on educational and charitable activities.

Edward Smallwood

Edward Smallwood

Business Development, UK & Ireland

Edward joined Algebris in 2019 to help develop and expand our UK client base.

Edward has worked in the Asset Management industry for over 7 years starting his career at Invesco Perpetual before moving to HSBC Asset Management and most recently Royal London Asset Management. He has spent his career working in the Wholesale Business Development teams covering UK based Private Banks, Fund of Funds and Wealth Manager clients.

He holds a BA (Hons) degree in Business Management, as well as the IMC certificate.

In his spare time he enjoys staying active having played competitive rugby but now plays golf and spends time with friends and family.

Ginevra Casalegno

Business Development, Italy and Switzerland

Ginevra joined Algebris in 2015 to support business development activities in Italy and Switzerland. She is based in London.

Prior to joining Algebris, she worked at BIP, a European management consultancy firm.

Ginevra holds an MSc in Economics and Management from the London School of Economics and a BSc in International Economics and Finance from Bocconi University.

Ginevra volunteered in India for School for Children ONLUS, an Italian charity safeguarding and promoting children’s rights in Mumbai and the Andhra Pradesh region.

Jaime Fernandez-Lomana

Jaime Fernandez-Lomana

Business Development, Iberia, Latam and Middle East

Jaime joined Algebris in 2017 to support the expansion of our investor base in Iberia.

Before joining Algebris, he worked as a financial analyst at Munich Re for two years. Prior to that, he spent five years working in several investment advisory roles at Julius Baer and Merrill Lynch, where he started his career. 

Jaime is a CFA charter holder and holds a BA in Business Administration and a BA in Law from CUNEF University, Madrid. 

In his free time, he enjoys horse riding and motorcycling, and he also loves to go surfing every time he has the chance.

Johannes Wettstein

Business Development, Germany, Austria & Switzerland

Johannes Wettstein joined Algebris in 2021 as Head Germany, Austria and Switzerland. He was appointed CEO of the Algebris Zurich Office in August 2022.

Prior to Algebris, he spent 11 years at UBS. His experience ranges from UHNW and Family Office client coverage in Wealth Management to M&A advisory in Investment Banking. Johannes also worked several years for the UBS Group Chairman, where he was responsible for strategic client relationships and the bank’s top shareholders.

He holds a Master in Accounting and Finance and a Bachelor in Business Administration from the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland.

Johannes is married and has two daughters. He speaks German, English, Italian, Hungarian and basic French and Spanish. He enjoys all kinds of sports and has been a volunteer in the Order of Malta for 20 years.

Karl Bauer

Karl Bauer

Business Development, Nordics

Karl joined Algebris in 2017 to help expand our Scandinavian investor base.

He previously worked for Morgan Stanley as an analyst, supporting the Morgan Stanley UCITS funds platform FundLogic in London. Prior to that he worked for Cass Business School as a research assistant and Carle & Co Ltd as an analyst.

Karl holds a BSc in Business Management from Cass Business School in London. In his free time Karl enjoys playing tennis, basketball and cooking.

Karolyn Krekic

Business Development, Germany, Austria & Switzerland

Karolyn Krekic joined Algebris in 2022 as Business Development Director for DACH/Germany.

Karolyn previously worked at Capital Group as Managing Director, where she led the firm’s coverage of German Financial Intermediaries, such as banks, fund of funds, wealth managers, insurance companies and family offices.

Before Capital Group, Karolyn spent over 10 years at GAM as Executive Director responsible for developing the sales strategy for Germany as well as the firm’s relationships with Intermediaries and Institutional Clients. Prior to that she was Sales Director at Fortune Fund Services. At Julius Bär, Karolyn has worked as Sales Director for the German Financial Intermediaries market.

Karolyn started her career at Deutsche Bank as a banking apprentice and has more than 25 years of experience in the German Asset Management industry.

Karolyn is married and speaks German, English, Croatian, and basic French. She enjoys travelling, art, different kind of sports and cooking for family & friends.

Kazuhiro Oshima

Business Development, Japan

Kazuhiro joined Algebris in 2020 as a Business Development Director. He has over 20 years’ experience in financial services. Prior to Algebris, he was a Client Director at GAM Investments managing relationships with institutional investors and pension funds to develop business across the asset class spectrum; from traditional to alternative strategies, including hedge funds and esoteric fixed income strategies. Before GAM, he worked at Permal Capital and Societe General Asset Management.

He graduated from Keio University in Economics. Kazuhiro’s hobbies include climbing.

Liang Sin Wee

Business Development, Singapore

Liang Sin joined Algebris in April 2020. He is based in our Singapore office.

With more than 20 years in the industry, he has experience across the asset management value chain in both the buy-side and sell-side.  Prior to Algebris, Liang Sin was Deputy Head of Retail Distribution at Manulife Investment Management. He was at Manulife for 4 years covering both private banks and retail banks. Before that, Liang Sin was at the buy-side in various companies such as UBS and Citibank. He spent around 8 years at UBS Wealth Management where his roles include internal fund wholesaling as well as investment consulting to HNW clients.

Liang Sin is a CFA charter holder and holds a Bachelor of Business (Hons) from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. He enjoys reading, running and music.

Lorenzo Amato

Business Development, Italy

Lorenzo joined Algebris in 2023 to support our Italian investor base from the Milan office.

Prior to Algebris, he spent 5 years at Russell Investments, where he was a Sales Associate, covering retail, wholesale and institutional clients, with a focus on Long-Only funds and Alternative Strategies.
Previously, he worked 2 years at Amundi Asset Management in Italy and Luxembourg.

Lorenzo holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from University of Pavia and a Master’s degree in Markets & Business Strategy from the Catholic University of Milan , where he is also an Assistant Professor in Financial Intermediaries (Private Banking).
In his free time Lorenzo enjoys traveling, skiing and horse jumping competitions. Additionally, he has great passion for agriculture and Agri-Tech sector.

Matthäus Piatti

Business Development, Germany, Austria & Switzerland

Matthäus joined Algebris in 2021.

He holds a BSc. in Economics and Finance from Bocconi University in Milan, Italy

Before university, he served one year in the Austrian army, as an infantry group commander. Matthäus speaks German, English and Italian.

Noemi Ginosa

Business Development, Italy

Noemi joined Algebris in 2022 as a Business Development Associate within the sales team.

Previously, she worked 3 years at Carmignac and 2 years at Allfunds, supporting the development of the Italian distribution network in collaboration with the Country Head and the sales team. She holds a Master’s Degree in Banking and Finance from the Catholic University of Milan.

Noemi loves traveling and cinema and is passionate about swimming, a sport she has practiced competitively for 13 years.

Pietro Lamaro

Business Development, Italy, Germany, Austria & Switzerland

Pietro joined Algebris in 2019 to support our Italian investor base from the Milan office.

Prior to Algebris, Pietro focused his energies founding and developing Adventure Addicted, a start-up dealing with outdoor sports, engaging marketing and environmental protection, where he was in charge of fundraising and business strategy. During his time there, he organised travel and sport experiences worldwide, from Indonesia to Iran, from Turkey to Japan.

Pietro is fluent in Italian, English, German, and French. He played rugby professionally in the Youth Italian National Team and has a passion for worldwide travelling. In addition, he is actively involved in ski mountaineering and alpinism as well as Off-Shore Sailing Regattas.

Solveig Leary

Solveig Babinet

Business Development, France & Benelux

Solveig joined Algebris in 2016 to help expand our French investor base.

Previously Solveig was a Partner & Senior Investment Analyst at Monreith Capital where she co-ran a global financials fund and at Lionstrust as junior PM of an Emerging Markets Financials fund. Prior to this she worked on the sell side with Morgan Stanley in their Equity research team for 10 years. There she covered several countries, contributed to the publication of reports on stocks investment cases and capital market trends and assisted in orchestrating one of the major financial conferences in the industry.

Solveig holds a Master of Business from EM LYON Business School, Lyon. She is half-French half-Dutch with 3 daughters and loves music, good food, sport and travel. She is a native French speaker and also speaks fluent English and basic Dutch.

Yoichi Nakamura

Yoichi Nakamura

Business Development, Japan

Yoichi joined Algebris in 2018 as Managing Director of our Japanese office. He has been CEO of Algebris Investments K.K. since 2019.

With 20 years in the industry, he has gained valuable experience in product development and sales in the retail business. Prior to Algebris, he spent four years working in sales at Fidelity, covering large Japanese distributors and asset management companies. He previously worked at Legg Mason, SPARX and UBS Global AM.

He holds MSc in International Business and Finance from the University of Reading and is a CMA charter holder. Yoichi enjoys running and swimming. He lives in Tokyo with his wife and son.

Client Relations

Benz Sng

Benz Sng

Client Relations, Singapore

Benz joined Algebris in 2019 to support the growing client base in Asia.

Prior to Algebris, Benz spent four years at Citco Fund Services as a Senior Operations Analyst where he worked with UK and regional Asian Hedge fund clients, providing middle office support and client onboarding. Previously he gained working experience at HSBC Bank with the Operations and Service team.

Benz speaks English and Mandarin, and is currently a CFA Level 3 candidate. He holds a BSc in Banking & Finance (First Class Honours) from University of London.

Benz enjoys staying active and his hobbies include a continued interest in Badminton, which he used to play competitively.

Francesca Deregibus

Francesca Deregibus

Client Relations, Luxembourg

Francesca joined Algebris in 2019 to support our Client Relations team.

Prior to joining Algebris, she gained working experience at Edmond de Rothschild as a Sales Support, covering both the Third-party and Institutional sales businesses in Italy.

Francesca obtained her MSc in Corporate Finance and Financial Markets from the Turin University and holds a BA in Economics, with major in Monetary and Financial Economy.

Francesca enjoys roller skating and volunteering.

Iliyana Tsankova

Iliyana Tsankova

Client Relations, London

Iliyana is a Manager in the Client Relations team, having joined Algebris in London in 2016. She works closely with Business Development, coordinating the onboarding of new distributors and new fund launches, while also supporting the existing distribution network and clients globally. 

She previously worked for Morgan Stanley as an analyst for the UCITS funds platform FundLogic. Prior to that, Iliyana was at NERA Economic Consulting, where she was part of the Securities and Finance team.

Iliyana is a CFA charter holder and has an MSc in Finance and Economics from the London School of Economics. In addition, she holds a BA (Hons) in Economics and BA in Business Administration from the American University in Bulgaria.

In her free time Iliyana enjoys travelling, yoga and hiking. 

Lilla Szasz

Client Relations, Luxembourg

Lilla joined Algebris in 2021 to support the Client Relations team.

Prior to joining Algebris, Lilla worked for Caceis Bank in Luxembourg as an Investor Services Officer and beforehand at Blackrock in Budapest as a Client Experience Associate.

She graduated in International Economy and Business at the Corvinus University and holds an Msc in International Management (CEMS) from HEC Paris.

She is fluent in English, French, Hungarian and also speaks some Italian and German. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, ballet, painting and hiking.

Mariko Nishi

Head of Product Development, Japan

Mariko joined Algebris in 2019 to support and expand our business development in Japan.

She has 14 years of Product Development and Management experience with global asset management companies, and professional operations experience of 10 years at a Japanese trust bank as well as an asset management company.

She previously worked for the Product Development and Implementation team at Schroder.  Prior to that, she worked at Fidelity and Russell Investments, and her career started in Mitsui-Sumitomo Trust Bank. 

She graduated from Tokyo University of Foreign Studies.  Her hobby used to be riding motorcycles, but now she has three young daughters and changed to swimming, skiing and watching baseball games (she is a big fan of “Hiroshima Toyo Carp “ – her hometown’s professional baseball team) with them.

Nia Jenkins

Client Relations, Luxembourg

Nia joined Algebris in 2021 to support the Client Relations team.

Prior to joining Algebris, Nia worked for Sanne Group in Luxembourg as a Fund Administrator specialising in Real Assets.

She holds a BA in Business Management and French from the University of Manchester. She is currently studying for the CFA Certificate in ESG Investing.

She speaks English, French and Luxembourgish. She used to compete internationally in Alpine Skiing and was a former member of the Wales Elite Alpine Ski team. In her spare time she enjoys, travelling, hiking and cooking.

Niamh Gleeson

Head of Distribution, Ireland

Niamh joined Algebris as the Designated Person for Distribution (Ireland) in 2020. Niamh has over 20 years of experience in Asset Management, working in Ireland and Bermuda with UCITS and AIFs from a range of domiciles and investment strategies.

Most recently, Niamh worked as a senior member of the Outsourcing Control Team with Amundi (Ireland), responsible for oversight and support of international proprietary and third-party services providers to the management company; managing any regulatory, operational and product initiatives impacting those services. Previously, Niamh held positions in Business Development & Investor Relations at Pioneer Investments, BNY Mellon and JP Morgan.

Niamh holds a BA (Hons) Degree in European Studies from University College Cork.  Niamh is based in Dublin and in her free time enjoys road biking, hiking and yoga.

Pooja Shah

Pooja Shah

Client Relations, London

Pooja joined Algebris in 2016 to support the Business Development team. She is responsible for managing operations due diligence, relationships with rating agencies and consultants, helping on distribution agreements, new client onboarding and a variety of other activities required for supporting business development. She has over ten years of experience in the financial services industry including financial research and client servicing. She had previous roles at Morningstar, AMBA (a Moody’s company), Goldman Sachs and HSBC.

Before moving to the UK in 2010 Pooja completed her MBA in Finance from India. Pooja enjoys spending time with her family especially in outdoor activities like cycling and travelling.

Sanjhali Agarwal

Client Relations, Dublin

Sanjhali joined Algebris in 2020 to help support the Client Relations team.

Prior to joining Algebris, she worked for BlackRock as an analyst where she was responsible for the production of due diligence questionnaires for institutional clients.

Sanjhali completed her MBA in International Business and B.Tech in Computer Science from Amity University, India.

In her free time, Sanjhali enjoys meditating and spending time with her family.

Shintaro Takada

Client Relations, Japan

Shin (Shintaro) joined Algebris in 2021 to support and expand our business development in Japan.

He previously worked for Fidelity as a DC pension sales and assistant product strategist, covering both WS and Institutional sales businesses.

He holds a Master of Business administration from Hitotsubashi University and is a CMA charter holder.

In his free time, he enjoys playing Shogi (Japanese chess) and running.

Susan Spagnolini

Client Relations, Milan

Susan joined Algebris in 2016 to support our Italian client base from the Milan office.

Susan obtained her MSc in Management and Strategy from the London School of Economics (LSE) in 2016. In addition, she holds a BA (Hons) in International Economics, Management and Finance from Bocconi University.

Susan worked as a tutor as part of the LSE Widening Participation program across London high schools, helping underprivileged students develop their quantitative and communication skills. While studying at Bocconi University she was an event manager and treasurer for the Bocconi Student Association Macropolo. She also volunteered for a number of non-profit organisations, mentoring children.

Susan enjoys ballet and has trained at the Royal Academy of Dance in Milan. She also enjoys reading Classical books, traveling and cooking.

Marketing and Communication

Andrea Molteni

Marketing, Milan

Andrea joined the Algebris Marketing team in Milan in 2021. He focuses on all graphic and digital marketing tasks providing with fresh ideas and creative contents for all of Algebris’ branding / visual communication needs.

Since 2013, Andrea has worked as Communication Designer for a number of firms. He also worked as a teacher at Scuola Mohole in Milan, where he held movie-design and film-making courses.

He holds an MA in Communication Design from Politecnico in Milan.

Marta Pizzamiglio

Marketing, Milan

Marta joined the Algebris Client Relations team in July 2020 as Junior Marketing Associate, supporting the team in communication and marketing initiatives.

Prior to joining Algebris, Marta worked at Boston Consulting Group in their Milan Marketing team, overseeing the organization of content events and the full deployment of the CRM database.

She holds a Master’s in International Business from the University of Greenwich and a Bachelor’s in Foreign Languages and International Relations from Università Cattolica in Milan.

In her free time, she enjoys sports and yoga, and she is also very passionate about travelling and photography.

Simonetta Tumino

Marketing, Milan

Simonetta joined Algebris in 2022 as an intern and is now Junior Marketing Associate, supporting the team in communication and marketing initiatives.

She holds a Master’s degree in Markets and Business Strategies and a Bachelor’s in Economics and Management from Catholic University of Milan.

Simonetta loves travelling and is passionate about dancing, swimming and yoga.